Action Teams

We work in action teams as determined and by the strategic planning process. Below are each team's goals, progress, and plans as of May 2018:

 

Ease of Use

Goals

By June 2018, 50% of current FTS Coordinators report that they have advanced the growth of their farm to school program.

By June 2018, five schools in Vermont will create a new FTS Coordination position.

Strategy

Build a community of practice to increase the capacity for farm to school coordination through professional development and more efficient access to resources.

Action

Continue regional in-person gatherings to allow for learning and sharing. 

Publish and disseminate a quarterly newsletter focused on providing information on professional development opportunities; regional, state, and national highlights; as well as farm-to-school trends.

Promote farm-to-school resources and info/tools from Network Teams.

Economic Value

Goals

Building the data, evidence, and a compelling case to show the relative value of Farm to School vs. non-Farm to School for legislators and decision-makers.

40 SFA's in VT will define their local food purchasing values and increase annual local purchasing by 5% in 2017-18.

Strategy

By June of 2018, 10 legislators and 20 school decision-makers will make more informed decisions about their investment in farm to school based on improved knowledge of the economic value of farm to school and the relatie return on that investment.

Help schools define their local food purchasing values and goals and document local food purchasing. Develop case studies to inspire change in SFAs.

Action

Case studies of 5 schools that have a farm to school program, and how that has impacted their food service budgets.

Selected 5 schools and invited them to participate.

Developed questions as a data tool for interviews and interview introductory letter.

Visited first 2 schools and connected with third.

Educational Value

Goals

Build the data, evidence, and compelling case to show the relative value of Farm to School vs. non- Farm to School for legislators and decision-makers.

Strategy

By June of 2018,  have 10 legislators and 20 school decision-makers make more informed decisions about their investment in Farm to School, based on improved knowledge of the economic value of Farm to School and the relative return on that investment.

Action

Together with the Supply Innovation Team, develop a series of five case studies of successful Farm to School initiatives around the state (including one Farm to ECE).

Policy & Demand

Goals

Convince decision makers, state legislators, and school boards/administrators, to invest in Farm to School and universal meals.

Strategy

Update/create new version of "How VT school meals work."

Increase understanding of bid process for management companies.

Action

Develop a 2-layer "toolkit" for FTS champions to help explain child nutrition programs and taking action to make their school's programs sustainable and effective.

Explore the effectiveness of offering State-funded financial incentives to schools to increase their purchasing of local foods.

2018 Legislative Campaign Team for securing additional $300,000 for FTS

Supply Innovation